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BIOGRAPHY

Roy C. Knapp

Roy C. Knapp, born October 26, 1891, was an American drummer, percussionist and educator, best known as the teacher to the stars — the "Dean of American Percussion Teachers."

Knapp's legacy dates back to 1921, while in Chicago, where he established himself as a drummer, percussionist, and xylophone soloist, recording and working for the large radio stations. He was on the staff of station WLS from 1928 to 1950 where he played on such shows as The National Barn Dance. In 1938, Knapp started the Roy C. Knapp School of Percussion; receiving college accreditation in 1946, allowing the school to offer the Bachelor of Music degree and the Performer’s Certificate.

As a teacher and educator, Knapp's roster of students included the likes of Gene Krupa, Louie Bellson, Dave Tough, Baby Dodds and Bobby Christian.

In 1960, Knapp retired from playing but continued teaching, running his school as well as his own drum shop. In 1966, Knapp accepted an invitation from Maurie Lishon to teach at Franks Drum Shop (Chicago, IL), where he continued until his death on June 16, 1979.


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